After falling to the Cavaliers in their summer league opener, the Bucks square off against the Phoenix Suns in Las Vegas on Sunday.
While Phoenix doesn’t have the last two number one overall picks, the Bucks will see two fairly big-name rookies in Tyler Ennis and T.J. Warren. The Suns also feature intriguing second-year players Alex Len, Archie Goodwin and Seth Curry.
Here’s Phoenix’s full roster:
Like Milwaukee, the Suns enter Sunday’s contest 0-1 following a narrow 74-72 loss to the Warriors, who may never lose a summer league game again (they’ve won 16 straight).
Warren led Phoenix with 22 points, while Goodwin chipped in 17. Len added six points and six boards in 25 minutes.
A few notes leading up to the 7p.m. local time tip-off:
- Friday’s game against Cleveland was an offensive atrocity with both teams shooting less than 40 percent from the field. Chances are that won’t happen again.
- Chances also are the Bucks won’t shoot 2-of-20 from beyond the arc (that’s a scalding hot 10 percent). Giannis Antetokounmpo was the only Bucks player to hit a three, going 2-of-5 from deep. Kenny Kadji, Gilbert Brown, Jabari Parker and Nate Wolters each were 0-of-3. Yeah, that’s not happening again.
- Yes, Parker’s shot selection was questionable, at times, in his debut – particularly in the first quarter – but I’m not worried. I think the “Wiggins versus Parker” storyline might have got to him a bit, but he turned things around nicely as the game went on, finishing 5-of-11 from the field with nine boards. If he cuts out a few of those early contested pull-ups that line probably looks even better.
- Against Cleveland, Giannis played 29:40 while Parker played 29:41. No other Buck topped 26 minutes. Will the coaching staff give them more of an extended look Sunday? I mean, Matthew Dellavedova played nearly 37 minutes.
- Giannis picked up seven fouls in that 29:40. And that wasn’t the game-high. The new and improved Anthony Bennett recorded eight.
- Ben Brust, Kenny Frease and Kevin Olekaibe were DNP-CDs on Friday. #FreeBrust
- T.J. Warren led the conference in scoring and beat out Parker for ACC Player of the Year honors last season. Here’s to hoping that’s some extra motivation for Parker.
- Technically, Parker started at power forward for the Bucks on Friday. While I’m still skeptical that that’s the best spot for him in the NBA, he’ll be tested again Sunday guarding bigger players.Phoenix started Len at center and Miles Plumlee at power forward in its first game, but Len has been ruled out for the rest of LVSL with a fractured finger. Phoenix is yet to announce his replacement in the starting lineup.